I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since my last post. I think about writing one from time to time, and then I forget. And then another week passes. And then another. It doesn’t help that, as far as illustration work goes, I haven’t been up to too much. Not that people aren’t asking me to draw them things. I’ve just been procrastinating real hard. Thankfully, most days, I’m actually busy- between my “real” job (the one that pays the bills), writing long overdue letters to many far-away friends, reading books that have sat on my shelves for years, trying my best to make friends/a life for myself here in Columbus, and working on a few secret projects. Hopefully, soon, I’ll have more to share about those things. In the meantime, here’s some work I’ve done in the past two months and haven’t yet shared here.
First up, a portrait of Tami Taylor (from the show “Friday Night Lights”), done as a present from Jen to Heather. I believe Heather also, by chance, received a “What Would Tami Taylor Do?” t-shirt from a different friend the same week!
Next, an illustration for Synthia of the zine “Damaged Mentality.” This took me much longer than it should have, but it was a learning experience, as I generally draw people as opposed to objects. Thank you, Synthia, for presenting this challenge to me! Can’t wait to see it in the zine:
Last month, I drew many many more objects for Mend My Dress Press. Colleen asked me to draw an assortment of office/craft supplies- typewriters, scissors, glue, pens, markers, etc.- to be used as a background image for their online store. These were my initial drawings, plus I redrew a few items later on (as you’ll see in the third image). I was so very happy with how these turned out, particularly the typewriters, which took so much more work than I thought they would:
Colleen then chose a few to make into their web store’s background image (which you can view here), as well as colored five of them and turned them into a button pack, which you can buy through the shop!
Last, but never ever least, I did a portrait for one of my favorite folks in the world and my Dearest zinester sibling, Maranda! We decided to do a trade for their first novel, “Ragdoll House” (which is, of course, fantastic and I urge you all to get a copy!) It took me a few tries to get this the way I wanted. Below, you’ll see the initial sketch, followed by a watercolor version, and then the finished portrait, which I made with my trusty Prismacolor markers. One day, I’ll get the hang of you, watercolors. One day.
The final portrait was recently used on Maranda’s blog, on a post titled “Writing = Working / A Discussion of Support & $upport.” Compensation for art (whether it be illustrations, writing, music or otherwise) is certainly something I have thought a lot about, especially since making the initial decision to charge for my artwork. Maranda has some good points to make on the subject, so I suggest you go read their post.
That’s all for now, folks! I’ll hopefully have more things to share soon.